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Community College Students Launch Anti-Smoking, ’Good Behavior’ Campaign

Students at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, N.Y., will launch a comprehensive “good behavior” campaign in the fall to discourage smoking in prohibited areas, littering, and other bad habits on campus, USA Today reported May 24. The “Create Change” program …

Join Together News Roundup for May 25, 2010

Some states may say that marijuana is medicine, but the VA is having none of that: doctors affiliated with the federal veteran’s health program have been barred from recommending medical marijuana to patients ... Meeting with the enemy: the head of the FDA’s new tobacco-regulation agency spoke this week at a conference of Big Tobacco execs ... …

Ecstasy Users Suffer Serotonin Transporter Deficit

Current users of ecstasy — those using about two tablets of the drug monthly — had lower levels of serotonin transporter (SERT) in the cerebral cortex of their brains, according to Canadian researchers who successfully replicated a smaller study from …

WHO Calls on Nations to Address Excessive Alcohol Use

Price controls and marketing regulations are among 10 policy options outlined in a resolution aimed at cutting excessive alcohol use, which was endorsed this week by the 193 member states of the World Health Organization (WHO). “The more affordable alcohol is …

Ferrari Denies Charge of Stealth Tobacco Marketing

The red, white, and black barcode on Ferrari Formula One race cars and uniforms is subliminal tobacco advertising, some European health professionals charge, but Ferrari rejected the claim, CNN reported May 4. The design resembles the lower half of a …

AMERSA National Conference: Call for Abstracts, Workshops

The Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse is pleased to announce its 34th Annual AMERSA National Conference to be held on November 4-6, 2010, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bethesda, MD. The meeting will reflect on AMERSA’s …

Philip Morris’ Bid to Eject FDA Panel Members Rejected

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has rejected a request by Philip Morris USA to remove four members of the agency’s tobacco advisory panel, the Associated Press reported April 29. The tobacco company claimed that committee chairman Jonathan Samet, …

Vt. Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill Dies in Legislature

Lack of support in the Vermont House of Representatives has doomed a bill that would have established up to five medical-marijuana distribution centers, the Barre/Montpelier Times-Argus reported April 2. “It became clear to us that the other body wasn’t interested …

Marking Alcohol Awareness Month, Group Promotes Marijuana as ’Safer’ Alternative

This is probably not the kind of commemoration the founders of National Alcohol Awareness Month had in mind: among the groups marking the annual April campaign is Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER), which is encouraging college students to smoke …

Hospital Admissions for Prescription Drug ODs Up 65 Percent

About 71,000 people were admitted to U.S. hospitals for prescription-drug overdoses in 2006, up from approximately 43,000 in 1999, according to a new report. Reuters reported April 6 that researcher Jeffrey H. Coben of the West Virginia University School of …